Wednesday, 5 July 2017

New Zealand will apologise to gay men convicted under homophobic laws

There's been some good news from New Zealand, with the Parliament there saying 1,000 gay men will receive an apology.

It's after many have yet to be pardoned for being "convicted" for having gay sex when it used to be illegal.

The law was scrapped in 1986, which meant for the first time, gay men having consensual sex were not seen to be breaking the law.

New Zealand's Justice Secretary, Amy Adams, will move the motion, which will begin the process of saying sorry to the men.

Adams told the Parliament that they must "recognise the tremendous hurt and suffering those men and their families have gone through, and the continued effects the convictions have had on them".

Adams added: "The tremendous hurt and stigma suffered by those who were affected can never be fully undone, but I hope that this Bill will go some way toward addressing that".

The apology came along with the introduction of a bill that will mean gay men can apply to have convictions, under old laws, wiped from their records.

Apparently even though the laws no longer exist, they have still been coming up on routine criminal record history checks.

New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific to legalise same-sex marriage in 2013.

This latest bill, aimed at gay men in particular, was created after a petition was presented to MP's in Parliament last year.

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